Bass Creek Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Bass Lake is nestled in the upper forested slopes of Bass Peak. Bass Creek cascades down the canyon from the lake, dropping more than 3,000 feet over seven miles. The 93-acre lake and creek are named for D.C. Bass, a settler along the creek in the 1 860s. He built Montana’s first irrigation ditch and operated one of the original sawmills in Montana. The Bass Creek Trail follows the watercourse from the Charles Waters Campground near the valley floor up to Bass Lake at 6,765 feet. The trail is along an abandoned road used to build the dam at Bass Lake in the 1 890s. The first section of the Bass Creek Trail is an easy hike that gains elevation gradually, paralleling Bass Creek along a continuous series of whitewater cascades, small waterfalls, and pools. This hike heads 1 .5 miles into the canyon to an old log dam. Behind the dam is a large, clear pond. For a longer hike, the trail continues west along Bass Creek into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The trail climbs the canyon’s north wall for an additional 5.5 miles to Bass Lake, en route gaining 3,000 feet."